William Kent Krueger

A Note From Kent

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

These days, there are wonderful things on the horizon for me and Cork O’Connor.

First of all, the manuscript for Desolation Mountain, #17 in the series, is in the pipeline and on track for publication this summer on August 21. In an early review, Publishers Weekly called it “haunting… Krueger skillfully combines the otherworldly setting of the Minnesota wilds with Native American lore to create a winning mystery with more than a few surprises.” Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times writes, “Stephen O’Connor has a vision, described in elegiac and frightful detail… Cork O’Connor, Stephen’s father and the standup hero in this thriving series set in northern Minnesota, insinuates himself into an inquiry that draws investigators from several government agencies… That pays off in dynamic action scenes on the mountain.”

Here’s the down and dirty: Soon after a mysterious plane crash that killed a U.S. senator and her family, men from the Iron Lake Reservation, the first responders to the scene and friends of Cork O’Connor, begin to vanish. Cork’s investigation of the disappearances draws him into an unimaginable web of conspiracy and murder and pits him against monstrous forces that have invaded Tamarack County and are at work in the shadows. For fans of my stand-alone thriller The Devil’s Bed, you’ll be happy to hear that I’ve resurrected Bo Thorson, the hero of that story, and he may—or may not—be an ally for Cork. This is a fun entry in the series, a real thriller of a read.

Finally, for anyone who enjoyed Ordinary Grace, I’m nearing completion of the manuscript for the companion novel, This Tender Land, currently due to be published in the fall of 2019. It’s a special story, and I’ll be talking more about it later.

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